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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923616/histopathologic-findings-of-potential-kidney-donors-with-asymptomatic-microscopic-hematuria-impact-on-donation
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E A Hassan, T Z Ali, A Abdulbaki, I A Ibrahim, H M Almanae, H A Aleid
INTRODUCTION: Isolated microscopic hematuria (IMH) is not uncommon in potential kidney donors. AIM: The aim was to study the kidney biopsy findings of potential kidney donors with IMH and the impact of the histopathologic diagnoses on the decision to accept or decline such donors from kidney donation. METHODS: In this retrospective study, all the potential kidney donors with IMH were identified from the medical records of patients who underwent kidney biopsies between January 2010 and December 2016...
October 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905837/en-face-optical-coherence-tomography-findings-in-a-case-of-alport-syndrome
#2
In Hwan Cho, Hoon Dong Kim, Sang Joon Jung, Tae Kwann Park
Alport syndrome is a rare hereditary disease that is associated with retinal abnormalities such as dot-and-fleck retinopathy and temporal macular thinning. The main pathophysiological process of Alport syndrome is loss of the collagen network in the basement membrane. However, the alterations in each retinal layer have not been fully evaluated. In the case presented here, we evaluated the retina of a patient with Alport syndrome using en face optical coherence tomography (OCT). The findings suggested that the primary alterations occur in the internal limiting membrane and the retinal pigment epithelium basement membrane which is a part of the Bruch's membrane...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881511/-role-of-igg-antibody-to-galactose-deficient-iga1-in-children-with-iga-nephropathy
#3
N Zhou, H Zhang, X R Liu, Q Sun, Q Meng, Z Chen, Y Shen
Objective: In order to learn the serum level of galactose-deficient IgA1 (GdIgA1), IgG antibody to galactose-deficient IgA1(GdIgA1-IgG) and the clinical role of them in IgA nephropathy(IgAN) children. Method: We compared blood levels of GdIgA1, GdIgA1-IgG in 33 children with IgAN, 38 children with other renal disease (including focal segmental glomerular nephritis, minimal change disease, Alport syndrome and thin basement membrane nephropathy) as disease controls, 35 healthy children as normal controls with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay(ELISA)...
September 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830057/histopathological-and-ultrastructural-changes-experimentally-induced-by-bee-venom-in-seminiferous-epithelium-via-structural-functional-alteration-of-sertoli-cells
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Adrian Florea, Constantin Puică, Sami Hamed, Mariana Tilinca, Horea Matei
We tested here the ability of bee venom (BV) to interfere with spermatogenesis in rats in two experimental conditions. The histopathological changes were assessed with brightfield microscopy using a novel staining technique, based on methylene blue, orange G and ponceau xylidine. Transmission electron microscopy was also used to identify fine subcellular changes. BV injection for 30days in daily doses of 700μg BV/kg resulted in reducing testicular weight, along with significant larger diameters of seminiferous tubules and reduced number of Sertoli cells (SCs)...
August 16, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809418/native-extracellular-matrix-derived-semipermeable-optically-transparent-and-inexpensive-membrane-inserts-for-microfluidic-cell-culture
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Mark J Mondrinos, Yoon-Suk Yi, Nan-Kun Wu, Xueting Ding, Dongeun Huh
Semipermeable cell culture membranes are commonly used in multilayered microfluidic devices to mimic the basement membrane in vivo and to create compartmentalized microenvironments for physiological cell growth and differentiation. However, existing membranes are predominantly made up of synthetic polymers, providing limited capacity to replicate cellular interactions with native extracellular matrices that play a crucial role in the induction of physiological phenotypes. Here we describe a new type of cell culture membranes engineered from native extracellular matrix (ECM) materials that are thin, semipermeable, optically transparent, and amenable to integration into microfluidic cell culture devices...
September 12, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790860/the-level-of-urinary-semaphorin3a-is-associated-with-disease-activity-in-patients-with-minimal-change-nephrotic-syndrome
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Akiko Inoue-Torii, Shinji Kitamura, Jun Wada, Kenji Tsuji, Hirofumi Makino
Semaphorin3A is a secreted protein known to be involved in organogenesis, immune responses and cancer. In the kidney, semaphorin3A is expressed in the glomerular podocytes, distal tubules and collecting tubules, and believed to play a role in the regulation of the kidney development and function. We examined the serum and urinary semaphorin3A levels in 72 patients with renal disease and 5 healthy volunteers. The patients had been diagnosed with thin basement membrane disease (n=4), minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS; n=22), IgA nephritis (n=21), membranous nephropathy (n=16) and focal segmental glomerular sclerosis (n=9)...
2017: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740299/attenuation-of-diabetic-retinopathy-in-rats-by-ellagic-acid-through-inhibition-of-age-formation
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G Raghu, C Akileshwari, V Sudhakar Reddy, G Bhanuprakash Reddy
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a major concern for blindness all over the world. Diabetic retinopathy is associated with thickening of basement membrane, retinal thinning, retinal detachment, and pericyte death. Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) mediate the progression of DR by stimulating the expression of RAGE and VEGF which subsequently damages the blood-retinal barrier. Employing a set of in vitro protein glycation systems, earlier we demonstrated antiglycating potential of ellagic acid (EA). In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of EA to prevent in vivo accumulation of AGE and to ameliorate retinal changes in diabetic rats...
July 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704582/autosomal-dominant-form-of-type-iv-collagen-nephropathy-exists-among-patients-with-hereditary-nephritis-difficult-to-diagnose-clinicopathologically
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Aya Imafuku, Kandai Nozu, Naoki Sawa, Eiko Hasegawa, Rikako Hiramatsu, Masahiro Kawada, Junichi Hoshino, Kiho Tanaka, Yasuo Ishii, Kenmei Takaichi, Takeshi Fujii, Kenichi Ohashi, Kazumoto Iijima, Yoshifumi Ubara
AIM: Type IV collagen nephropathies include Alport Syndrome and thin basement membrane nephropathy (TBMN), which are caused by mutations in COL4A3/A4/A5 genes. Recently, the report of patients with heterozygous mutations in COL4A3/A4 have been increasing. The clinical course of these patients has a wide variety, and they are diagnosed as TBMN, autosomal dominant Alport syndrome (ADAS), or familial focal segmental glomerular sclerosis. However, diagnosis, frequency and clinicopathological manifestation of them remains unclear...
July 13, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688971/tumor-vessel-normalization-by-the-pi3k-inhibitor-hs-173-enhances-drug-delivery
#9
Soo Jung Kim, Kyung Hee Jung, Mi Kwon Son, Jung Hee Park, Hong Hua Yan, Zhenghuan Fang, Yeo Wool Kang, Boreum Han, Joo Han Lim, Soon-Sun Hong
Tumor vessels are leaky and immature, which causes poor oxygen and nutrient supply to tumor vessels and results in cancer cell metastasis to distant organs. This instability of tumor blood vessels also makes it difficult for anticancer drugs to penetrate and reach tumors. Numerous tumor vessel normalization approaches have been investigated for improving drug delivery into tumors. In this study, we investigated whether phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitors are able to improve vascular structure and function over the prolonged period necessary to achieve effective vessel normalization...
July 6, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661568/everolimus-induced-nephrotic-syndrome-precipitated-by-interaction-with-voriconazole-in-a-patient-with-hodgkin-s-lymphoma
#10
P N Tran, L C Pinter-Brown
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVES: Everolimus is a small molecule that inhibits the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and is used for treatment of various solid tumours and renal transplant rejection prophylaxis. Whereas everolimus-induced proteinuria was previously observed in 3%-36% renal transplant recipients, nephrotic syndrome was not reported in cancer patients taking everolimus. However, nephrotic syndrome was reported in patients taking sirolimus. CASE SUMMARY: We report the case of a 32-year-old female with relapsed Hodgkin's lymphoma who was on everolimus for 5 years and developed nephrotic syndrome about 2 months after initiation of voriconazole...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632965/frequent-col4-mutations-in-familial-microhematuria-accompanied-by-later-onset-alport-nephropathy-due-to-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis
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Louiza Papazachariou, Gregory Papagregoriou, Despina Hadjipanagi, Panagiota Demosthenous, Konstantinos Voskarides, Constantina Koutsofti, Kostas Stylianou, Petros Ioannou, Dimitris Xydakis, Ioannis Tzanakis, Antonia Papadaki, Nicolaos Kallivretakis, Nicolaos Nikolakakis, Garyfalia Perysinaki, Daniel P Gale, Athanasios Diamantopoulos, Pavlos Goudas, Dimitris Goumenos, Andreas Soloukides, Ioannis Boletis, Christina Melexopoulou, Eleni Georgaki, Elena Frysira, Fifi Komianou, Dimitrios Grekas, Christos Paliouras, Polichronis Alivanis, George Vergoulas, Alkis Pierides, Eugenios Daphnis, Constantinos Deltas
Familial microscopic hematuria (FMH) is associated with a genetically heterogeneous group of conditions including the collagen-IV nephropathies, the heritable C3/CFHR5 nephropathy and the glomerulopathy with fibronectin deposits. The clinical course varies widely, ranging from isolated benign familial hematuria to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) later in life. We investigated 24 families using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for five genes: COL4A3, COL4A4, COL4A5, CFHR5 and FN1. In 17 families (71%), we found 15 pathogenic mutations in COL4A3/A4/A5, nine of them novel...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574925/the-phosphodiesterase-iii-inhibitor-cilostazol-protects-the-brain-microvasculature-from-collagenase-injury
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Takahiko Imai, Haruka Matsukawa, Toshinori Takagi, Kazuhiro Tsuruma, Masamitsu Shimazawa, Hideaki Hara
A patient's prognosis, including mortality, after intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is strongly related to the disruption of the blood-brain barrier caused by damage to vascular endothelial cells (ECs). We reported previously that cilostazol, a phosphodiesterase III inhibitor, ameliorated collagenase-induced ICH in a mouse model. We also reported that cilostazol protected cultured ECs in a blood-brain barrier model. However, the influence of cilostazol on vascular structure and cell morphology remains unclear. Therefore, we investigated whether cilostazol exerts protective effects on vascular structures, such as the extracellular matrix (ECM)...
July 5, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351866/shh-promotes-direct-interactions-between-epidermal-cells-and-osteoblast-progenitors-to-shape-regenerated-zebrafish-bone
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Benjamin E Armstrong, Astra Henner, Scott Stewart, Kryn Stankunas
Zebrafish innately regenerate amputated fins by mechanisms that expand and precisely position injury-induced progenitor cells to re-form tissue of the original size and pattern. For example, cell signaling networks direct osteoblast progenitors (pObs) to rebuild thin cylindrical bony rays with a stereotypical branched morphology. Hedgehog/Smoothened (Hh/Smo) signaling has been variably proposed to stimulate overall fin regenerative outgrowth or promote ray branching. Using a photoconvertible patched2 reporter, we resolve active Hh/Smo output to a narrow distal regenerate zone comprising pObs and adjacent motile basal epidermal cells...
April 1, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334007/a-functional-variant-in-neph3-gene-confers-high-risk-of-renal-failure-in-primary-hematuric-glomerulopathies-evidence-for-predisposition-to-microalbuminuria-in-the-general-population
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Konstantinos Voskarides, Charalambos Stefanou, Myrtani Pieri, Panayiota Demosthenous, Kyriakos Felekkis, Maria Arsali, Yiannis Athanasiou, Dimitris Xydakis, Kostas Stylianou, Eugenios Daphnis, Giorgos Goulielmos, Petros Loizou, Judith Savige, Martin Höhne, Linus A Völker, Thomas Benzing, Patrick H Maxwell, Daniel P Gale, Mathias Gorski, Carsten Böger, Barbara Kollerits, Florian Kronenberg, Bernhard Paulweber, Michalis Zavros, Alkis Pierides, Constantinos Deltas
BACKGROUND: Recent data emphasize that thin basement membrane nephropathy (TBMN) should not be viewed as a form of benign familial hematuria since chronic renal failure (CRF) and even end-stage renal disease (ESRD), is a possible development for a subset of patients on long-term follow-up, through the onset of focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). We hypothesize that genetic modifiers may explain this variability of symptoms. METHODS: We looked in silico for potentially deleterious functional SNPs, using very strict criteria, in all the genes significantly expressed in the slit diaphragm (SD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324731/basement-membranes
#15
Ranjay Jayadev, David R Sherwood
Basement membranes (BMs) are thin, dense sheets of specialized, self-assembled extracellular matrix that surround most animal tissues (Figure 1, top). The emergence of BMs coincided with the origin of multicellularity in animals, suggesting that they were essential for the formation of tissues. Their sheet-like structure derives from two independent polymeric networks - one of laminin and one of type IV collagen (Figure 1, bottom). These independent collagen and laminin networks are thought to be linked by several additional extracellular matrix proteins, including nidogen and perlecan (Figure 1, bottom)...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236514/familial-hematuria-a-review
#16
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Pavlína Plevová, Josef Gut, Jan Janda
The most frequent cause of familial glomerular hematuria is thin basement membrane nephropathy (TBMN) caused by germline COL4A3 or COL4A4 gene mutations. Less frequent but important cause with respect to morbidity is Alport syndrome caused by germline COL4A5 gene mutations. The features of Alport syndrome include hematuria, proteinuria and all males with X-linked disease and all individuals with recessive disease will develop end stage renal disease, usually at early youth. In X-linked Alport syndrome, a clear genotype-phenotype correlation is typically observed in men...
2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197741/correlation-between-the-col4a3-mmp-9-and-timp-1-polymorphisms-and-risk-of-keratoconus
#17
Ramin Saravani, Davood Yari, Samira Saravani, Farzaneh Hasanian-Langroudi
PURPOSE: Keratoconus (KC) is thinning of the central cornea. Its etiology is unknown, but it may result from degrading of collagen type IV. The major protein in the cornea is collagen. Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) is able to degrade collagen type IV from the basement membrane and extracellular matrix (ECM). MMP-9 enzymatic activity is inhibited by the tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1). In the present study, we sought to investigate and evaluate the effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms in COL4A3, MMP-9, and TIMP-1 on the risk of KC in an Iranian population sample...
May 2017: Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128089/thin-melanoma-a-generic-term-including-four-histological-subtypes-of-cutaneous-melanoma
#18
Luca Roncati, Teresa Pusiol, Francesco Piscioli
Today, the scientific community is focusing on the prognostic significance of different histological subtypes of thin melanoma (1). The current staging system for melanoma of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) uses Breslow thickness as the primary attribute: melanomas with up to 1 mm thickness is defined as thin, because they present a good prognosis after surgical excision, with a 10-year survival rate of 85-90% in case of a tumor-free margin ≥1 cm (2). There is a significant interaction between mitotic rate and Breslow depth, so the predictive value of the mitotic rate on sentinel lymph node (SLN) positivity can be dependent on Breslow thickness (3)...
December 2016: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060986/-ultrastructural-alterations-in-renal-biopsy-leading-to-the-diagnosis-of-hiv-infection
#19
Jorge Vega, M Elizabeth Barthel, Gonzalo P Méndez
HIV infection has different clinical presentations. We report a 21-year-old male with longstanding isolated microscopic hematuria attributed to thin glomerular basement membrane disease, who after 15 years of follow-up presented with significant proteinuria. A kidney biopsy was performed, revealing the presence of tubulo-reticular inclusions in the glomerular endothelial cells. This finding led to suspect an HIV infection, which was verified. Antiretroviral therapy, angiotensin-converting enzyme and angiotensin II receptor blockers were prescribed...
September 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057519/col4a1-mutation-generates-vascular-abnormalities-correlated-with-neuronal-damage-in-a-mouse-model-of-hanac-syndrome
#20
Alix Trouillet, Henri Lorach, Elisabeth Dubus, Brahim El Mathari, Ivana Ivkovic, Julie Dégardin, Manuel Simonutti, Michel Paques, Xavier Guillonneau, Florian Sennlaub, José-Alain Sahel, Pierre Ronco, Emmanuelle Plaisier, Serge Picaud
The HANAC syndrome is caused by mutations in the gene coding for collagen4a1, a major component of blood vessel basement membranes. Ocular symptoms include an increase in blood vessel tortuosity and occasional hemorrhages. To examine how vascular defects can affect neuronal function, we analyzed the retinal phenotype of a HANAC mouse model. Heterozygous mutant mice displayed both a thinning of the basement membrane in retinal blood vessels and in Bruch's membrane resulting in vascular leakage. Homozygous mice had additional vascular changes, including greater vessel coverage and tortuosity...
January 3, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
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